Hey guys Barrett here welcome back to pickleball kitchen today we're doing something a little bit different a little bit unique I'm going to give you some tip pickleball tips just as I usually do but I'm not going to think about them beforehand Linda and I are just going to hit the ball and we're going to see what happens we're going to.

See what pops up so I think a good place to start would be cross-court thinking let's see what happens once we start doing the cross-court dinking here we go all right Linda you ready I am all right I love Cross Court dinking it's so much so much fun let's see what pops up okay that actually could be a good one right there so did you notice how that.

That ball that dink over here kind of got behind me so if you're more of an advanced player or even as you do become more advanced this can be a tricky dink to deal with when you have one that's coming way out on your side here now you could say well just think it down the line right that would be easy thing you could do that if your opponent doesn't.

Have the Ernie that is Ernie territory right there so you need to be careful of that however if you are more of an advanced player sometimes what people will do is if they get that dink way out wide they'll do something like this where they'll try to do some Top Spin over here where they come straight up and that can be a.

Disaster because what often happens with topspin like this when you're way over on your side is you have a tendency to come over the ball and what happens is it goes left and down and you end up just hitting it into the net so what I'd like to introduce to you here is to do a more of a cross-court slice shot instead so really open up the paddle okay to.

Where it's open like this so not closed but open like that and then get out to the side here and then push the paddle through the shot so push the paddle through see how the face is open as you come through really really really cool shot it allows you to get backspin on the forehand side so we're going to keep thinking back and.

Forth here and then when Linda hits a dink out wide that you see that motion really really cool it allows you to survive dinks on this side but also have a little bit of aggression going back as well so again like that really really cool again you can do.

Other things like the Top Spin or going down the line you got to make sure you have the topspin and you got to make sure that there's not going to be an Ernie on the other side all right let's see what we can do on the backhand side here whoa nice Linda.

Oh boy that is brutal okay so what did I do here this is a really common thing that happens on Cross Court dinking is you can get pushed out way way out wide like this on the backhand side so far to where it's stepping over like this isn't going to do it so oftentimes what you have to do is step and then cross over.

So let me show you from this perspective so pretend I'm on the backhand side it's a step step like this okay but even then even then sometimes the ball can be getting so far away from you that the only thing that you can do as you saw with that shot that I just did is to actually flick the wrist back in the other direction.

This is a great skill to have if you're getting caught on that backhand side because what will happen is is if you get pushed out way wide over here on this stink and you don't break the wrist going this way pretend like you're kind of opening a door here like this what will happen is you'll hit it sort of open and it'll pop up straight up in the.

Middle that's what happens that's the point that's what they're trying to do here so what you have to do is again to give you a close-up here is when you turn you turn get the paddle coming this way so you have to kind of like pretend it's facing behind you like this and that will help.

To get that proper angle so that it doesn't pop up in the middle let's see if we can kind of recreate that here that may have been out but it was still a good um and even there you see how it kind of there we go see how I flicked the wrist back.

There we go that's it that was it you see how I flicked the wrists like that that can really help if you're getting way behind on that backhand side okay so we decided to do some thirds here or at least thirds for Linda fourths for me so foreign don't be afraid to dink if you're in a situation like this so you know you.

Notice that when she hit that ball over it was kind of bouncing up a little bit high and I could have attacked right but don't be afraid to do a dink with good position as you noticed what I did there was I just did a nice little topspin roll over to the corner and it was good enough to at least cause some trouble so don't feel like you have to attack all.

The time you can have really really good shots without the aggression that is totally possible and totally feasible so let's see if we can kind of recreate that again placement yeah so Linda just said placement over power and that's that's very very true at least most of the times you know.

Perfect so that was a that was an an instance where power was certainly required because it was a volley right but what we're trying to do is recreate that bouncing oh very close what we're trying to recreate here is that bouncing uh drop here in the kitchen.

Do you see that what's going on here right all those shots are bouncing now it does require that roll okay let me change the angle so you can see it better oh brutal foreign so again it does require the forehand the top swing roll if you're not learning that you need to.

Start learning it start learning the topspin role guys it's absolutely required at this point okay so what started the attack again was a role don't think that aggression is how you're always going to win a point of course it will if it's high enough but there's stuff that you can do on the balance that can be quite.

Effective so my back's going to be to you for this next tip but as we were doing this I thought of something really really cool which is that oftentimes when we get a ball that's too high let's say like shoulder High we want a volley it like this right and that's a really good shot but what will happen is oftentimes that ball is going.

To come back to you around the same level and so what you have to do is you have to get your upper body out of the way so let's say you do a volley like this right you hit it back it's a really hard shot then they pop it up and it's coming straight at your at your face right your chest right in the center what do you do do you like go do a cross.

Backhand sort of thing or do you try to cross over with your forehand the thing is is that if you're on the left side of the Court here and you're doing those four hands you can't cross over with the forehand because you'll hit it out most likely so what you have to do is get your upper body out of the way so let me illustrate this for you.

See how I'm trying to see how I'm getting my my upper body out of the way right this is not going to work if you try to get your paddle out in front of you like this it's not going to work you got to move and then you can hit right there see how that works so don't be afraid of getting the upper body out of the way.

When you're doing shots like this okay so again get that body out of the way but be very careful though because as you move to the left like this doing this kind of motion you're exposing the middle of the court so do be careful if you decide to do that this probably comes up every single time I do a video or I go play or.

Drill or whatever and of course it's footwork I mean it always comes up but what we're going to focus on here Linda gave me a good idea which is this concept of having to stop in the middle of so-called No Man's Land there's really no such thing as no man's land all right it's just the transition zone how you approach the kitchen is purely.

Dependent on two things the quality of your shot and what they can do with the ball that's the equation how far you can come in is dependent on those two things just to take an extreme example for clarity if you were to pop up a ball and lend a word to smash it should you come in no absolutely not you should stay back however if I hit the most perfect.

Dropped humanly possible and it literally drops right here right next to the net should I come in you should run into the kitchen right on the line those are the two extremes you have to figure out what the balance is but one thing that will help is learning how to split step or how to stop in the kitchen so watch what I do here.

Thank you now the split step it will help if you're comfortable doing it the split step is literally just you're running in and then you split like this you do a little hop but you don't want to like stop on your heels you want to make sure that you're still on your toes you can do kind of a double tap like that so.

Again watch foreign so you notice the footwork there if you're not comfortable with that here's what you can do is just slow down like that and begin to crouch if you're not comfortable split stepping just Crouch.

Okay so you don't have to do the aggressive crazy split step kind of stuff here all right but again as you come into the kitchen that footwork is really important okay so do you see how aggressive that third was right it really allowed me to come into the kitchen amazingly though Linda handled that third pretty well.

That was not bad that's a good example of that extreme side of it a heavy topspin third like that is just going to open up all sorts of doors but you are the one that has to figure out that balance okay so so that was a good example did you notice what happened I'll replay it here but when she hit that little drop.

There I had to be a little bit more defensive that's that's the essence of what I'm trying to get across here but guys I hope that was helpful that was kind of fun doing just these random little tips here was that useful was that helpful please let me know again thank you guys so much for joining me and as usual I'll see you next time.

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